Where In the World: Igloo Edition

Ok, heres the game: pick your dream place to travel. Literally any place on your bucket list will do. You get to pick outfit inspiration to pack on your trip: a dress for a fancy dinner, a casual outfit to run around in, and some wildcards just for fun. Unlimited budgets and a dream wardrobe for globetrotting.

We play this game on the phone sometimes just for fun and wanted to share it with you all! Both of us definitely have the travel bug, but when funds are lacking it’s fun to plan a little fantasy trip (starting of course, with the style!) We hope to make this a regular series, but here’s the first stop on our little journey.

finlandThis trip is inspired by Beck’s sister’s recent engagement. Her guy proposed at this fabulous igloo hotel in Finland.  Heated individually and made entirely of glass, they are perfect for viewing the northern lights and warming up after long reindeer rides! Click through for each of our takes on the style for this amazing trip.

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becksA bold leather and velvet draped reindeer woman.

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lauraI‘d keep warm with cozy florals. Baby blue overcoat, sparkling embellishment, and layered knits.  My direction is all about the softer side of a snowy day.
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So what do you guys think? What would you wear on a trip to Finland? Also, we wanted to share this adorable picture with you of our happy couple :)  

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Where In the World: Igloo Edition

Monday Brights

You know what’s fun?  Really, really bright shoes.

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Just look down at your feet and… instant mood boost!

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Happy Monday you guys!  I thought this little color burst would be a fun way to start the day.  I wore this look out and about on Sunday but feel like this is a fresh, casual vibe I could rock all week long.  And seeing as its a holiday week, I just might.

I’m looking forward to flying to North Carolina on Thursday morning for a long weekend with my family and a reunion with my darling Becks!  Hope everyone has fun plans for Thanksgiving and, of course, killer outfits to go along :)  Let us know what you think about these crazy shoes and what you are up to this week in the comments!

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Sweatshirt: Patagonia, Truth to Materials Collection; Jeans: Madewell; Hat: Sample Sale; Shoes: H&M; Sunglasses: Target; Bag: Vintage

 

Monday Brights

White Wash

Today I matched this wall.  IMG_0709This sweater is one of my all time favorites. Not only is it warm and cozy and just the right amount of slouchy, but it has a giant cowl that can also be worn off the shoulder if you’re having a Sandy from Grease moment. (see below for styling) I also just added these ankle booties to my rotation. They are suede and the perfect shade of grey which makes me so incredibly happy! 

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Sweater: Apt. 9, Skirt: American Eagle, Boots: Michael Antonio, Glasses: Bershka

So what do you think- cowl or off the shoulder? And should I always match my backdrop? Can’t wait to hear from you! 

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White Wash

Up and Out

Guys, today I have moving on my mind.

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A good mantra while moving

Actually, its been on my mind for a while now.  Between moving out of my college apartment this spring (Three years worth of impulse H&M purchases and junk mail people!), getting back to my parents house in Eastern North Carolina, and then packing it all up in my tiny car to head out to California, it has been a year of changes. The logistics have been exciting, scary, and maybe a bit trying at times- I mean I only called Becca in tears- what was it two or three (hundred) times?

For my first six months in Ventura I have been living in a teeny tiny (read: 350 sq. feet) studio. It seems though, that the new year is bringing along with it new digs and a new roommate which all adds up to- lots of new projects and decorating (which I of course can’t wait to share here!)  But I have to say, though I’m looking forward to moving out and up, I’ve really enjoyed my tiny space.  It was a challenge to make cozy and functional while still feeling personal.

So, to celebrate the tiny nooks and crannies we 20-somethings always seem to find and pay way to much for in cities far and wide, I’m going to share a few of my favorite tips and tricks for making your small home feel like a castle (haha just kidding- but hey you’ll still like the way it looks!)

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  • Keep it light, keep it bright
    Try to stick with minimal curtains, embrace that natural sunshine baby!
  • Pick a color theme and stick to it
    Nothing can make a small space feel more overdone than too many colors competing for attention.  In my experience, what works best is a nice light palette with one or two pop colors.  In my apartment I’ve been trying to stick to white, navy, and green.
  • While you’re at it maybe one of those colors should be green
    Just like keeping your windows uncovered, adding plants and greenery into your space can help pull the outdoors in and make your space feel more open and bright.  Plus it’s fun to have something to nurture… right?
  • Don’t be afraid to fill up the walls
    I am a big advocate of the gallery wall. Photographs, prints, trinkets, almost anything can be framed and hung up for instant added coziness.  Plus nothing can help a space feel more like a home than little reminders of good times.  Just be mindful of your overall color scheme when selecting your frames!
  • Edit, Edit, Edit
    Less furniture, less clutter on tabletops, just less.  Whatever you can edit out of the equation, you probably should. In tiny apartments you want to save your room to dance around in your favorite outfits, not for another footstool or whatever.
  • Set up a bar
    It’s classy. Pro tip: this works in homes of all sizes.

What did I leave out here?  Any favorite tips for small spaces?

 

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Wedding Bells

This is what all weddings look like right?

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Hi friends, hope you’re having such a great week and getting your stretchiest pants prepared for Thanksgiving dinner! The holidays are fast approaching and I am just starting to prepare for all the holiday parties and events to come. One of the events I am most excited about is an upcoming wedding I’m going to with my boy. Weddings might be my all time favorite events to attend, I mean that much happiness and pretty in one night? Call me a hopeless romantic but no matter what I can never seem to fight off happy, embarrassing tears. So of course I started thinking about what I was going to wear about 2 months ago when we RSVP’d yes. (Don’t judge me.) I promised myself I’d wait until at least halfway through November before I started the search: so here we are!

Here are my thoughts:

I definitely want to sew something! I just finished 5 years of fashion design and sewing, so I’d love to make something unique I can tailor to my body type. Normally my style is a little more edgy and body conscious, but with weddings I love something a little softer. I’m thinking the easy elegance of a fuller skirt and am also absolutely in love with deep scoops or squares both in the neckline and back of the dress. It has an easy elegance while still being a little demure. Want to look at some of my inspirations with me before I start sketching? 

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The wedding is only a couple of days after Christmas so I’m thinking I want to use either a navy or deep green fabric. What do you think about the color or silhouettes? Is there a dress you like the most? I can’t wait to keep you updated with my sketches and final project!

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Wedding Bells

Travel: Big Sur Road Trip

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This weekend I traveled up the coast a few hours to Big Sur for a weekend of camping, hiking- and let’s be honest: s’mores eating.  Our trip included four tents, three (adorably color coordinated black and white) dogs, two nights of laughter and starry skies, and one fabulously successful proposal!

Our time was rather limited so we had to make the most of it. Here are a few of my recommendations for a weekend adventure in Big Sur.

  • Visit: McWay Falls (pictured above.) It’s an iconic view of the Big Sur coast- don’t miss the beautiful blue water and jagged coast line- it’s what your Instagram has been missing!
  • Stay: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  We spent two nights in the south campground here and it was absolutely lovely.  Shady and quiet, this park offers a ton of camp sites, a few great trails to explore, and a nice lodge if you need to escape from nature for a quick cup of coffee
  • Explore: Jade Cove Beach. This stop on Highway One offers stunning mountain and sea views and a chance to hunt for jade on the rocky beaches.  Apparently most of the green colored rocks are actually serpentine, not real jade, but a girl can dream right? Pictured in the second set of pictures below- P.S. my nail color here is Essie’s Carry On and it has been my go to this Fall!

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Here are a few of my camping essentials.  After all, what is an adventure without the right outfit? 

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Plaid Shirt: JCrew; Scarf: Madewell; Boots: Asos; Jacket: Patagonia; Denim: Gap; Hat: Wool and the Gang via Madewell; Lips: Vaseline Rosy Lips (loving this right now for a tiny pop of color!); Backpack: Herschel

xoxo,

Laura

 

 

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All Natural

Hey Guys! This is the first of (hopefully!) many Makeup Monday posts. Makeup/beauty has always been something I have had a passion for, and it can be just so dang fun to experiment with. I feel like I am always doing makeovers for friends (in college I would have a line of people down the hall waiting for touchups before going out on the weekend) and thought it might be fun to show you some of the before and afters. I’m doing them all on my best friends and the idea is to tackle makeup goals or issues for real girls. So if you have a question, or want to see a certain beauty trend in action, leave a comment and I’ll turn it into a fun post! 

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Enter: My BFF Nikki. 

Nikki and I have been best friends since grade school and she has always known how to rock her red hair and gorgeous blue eyes! Whenever we talk about makeup she always mentions how she does the same eye makeup everyday: gold/brown shadow, a black liner, and mascara. It’s a great look, but sometimes it’s fun to change it up a little too. I decided to do a super natural fall makeup look that includes warm colors and no liner. You know how people talk about wearing makeup that enhances but doesn’t distract? This is that look. 

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Step 1: Put a matte light brown from the lashes to the brow bone. Any shade will work!

Step 2: Using a flat wide brush sweep the dark purple/red into the crease. A reddish or orange hue will make blue eyes pop because it’s a contrast color! Make sure to take a big fluffy brush and blend it after so there’s no harsh lines! 

Step 3: Take a highlight color (mine was a shimmery champagne) and put it under the brow bone, in the corner of the eye, and right on the center of the lid. If you have deep set eyes highlighting the center of the lid will make them come forward. 

Step 4: Instead of using a liner I took a small angled brush and worked a chocolate brown shadow into the outer third of the lash line on the top and bottom lashes. Using shadow instead of liner is less harsh, and gives the illusion that your lashes are thicker.

Step 5: 2 coats of black mascara. Wiggling the wand at the roots before you stroke up makes sure you get all the lashes covered and also keeps the bulk of the mascara at the roots instead of the tips, which helps them stay curled longer. 

The face: Sweep some light bronzer on the temples and outer cheekbones to warm up the face, and coral blush on the apples of the cheeks. Also: Define those brows! Take a light brown shadow and fill in any sparse areas. 

The lips: I used my absolute favorite neutral lip color: Revlon’s Blushing Nude. I don’t know how many weird pale looking lipsticks I had to go through to find this one, but it’s seriously amazing on everyone!

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Foundation: Studio Gear in Linen, Blush/Bronzer: ELF, Brows: Revlon Brow Fantasy, Eyes: crease-NYX in Baked, highlight-Beauty Rush in Hot Ginger, lid-medium brown in ELF, liner-almay black liquid, mascara-Loreal voluminous butterfly, lips-Revlon blushing nude

All Natural

Sundress Denial

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Dress: Forever21, Shoes: Mossimo, Scarf: Turkish streetcart

I’m playing around with the idea that if I pair a scarf with my favorite sundress it can pretend it’s a fall outfit. It’s November and 80 degrees out so I’m trying to stay true to my love of fall fashion without dying of heat. I’m normally not crazy about floral prints but I love how graphic this one is, and honestly anytime there is an interesting back I’m sold! I may or may not have gotten several comments about the shortness of this dress, but sometimes you just have to be bold and hope for the best! (i.e. no wind)

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So what do you think, does this pass as fall or should I fly back to flannel? 

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Sundress Denial

Ace of Lace

I used to think the only appropriate time for sneakers was never.  Man was I wrong.  Lately I have been daydreaming of the bold design, fun colors, and- let’s face it- comfort that really only seem appropriate in an old fashioned lace up shoe situation.

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I don’t know guys maybe I’ve been sucked in by these enviable adorable street style images (P.S. click through for links!), or maybe working at an active wear brand is getting into my head, but I’m starting to rethink my footwear game.  Especially after I saw that Mary Katrantzou is collaborating with Adidas on a collection of fresh sportswear and shoes, out this month.  Christmas present anyone?

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Mary Katrantzou for Adidas via Style.com

Check out a few of my other picks for fun kicks below! I’d love to pair any of these with black jeans or an oversize dress and then hop on my bike and zip off to work (in semi-appropriate style!)
via Adidas, Nike, Converse, and New Balance

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So what do you think about this track shoe trend?  Love it or hate it? Let us know in the comments!

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Ace of Lace